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    Soccer hopes to score in the US

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    As the number of attendees increases, half of the 19 teams comprising the US' Major League Soccer (MLS) federation have built new stadiums in the last five years.

    With an average of nearly 18,000 fans per game last year, the sport once relegated to the sidelines of US athletics is now outpacing the NBA in terms of attendance.

    Now as the Houston Dynamos build the nation's first stadium intended specifically for soccer, the MLS is hoping that changing demographics may lead the game to experience its first true surge in the United States.

    Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from Houston.